The January sales are out and about, enticing even the most determined savers, and if you cannot resist any longer, then some retail therapy might just be what you need.
Is it ideal that people feel the need to buy things to make themselves feel better? No.
Has everyone been conditioned to do that? Yes. Should they feel bad about it? Also no.
Sometimes it is the little luxuries that can pick us up when we are having a bad day, improving our confidence or allowing us to try a new hobby.
So, if you are not in the mood to stick it to the capitalist man today and would prefer to treat yourself with some retail therapy, read on to find out what you need for a stress-free day of shopping.
Ditch the Car
It is no secret that driving through town, especially in rush hour, can be a grade-A nightmare, and that is before you even get to finding a parking space and shelling out for a ticket.
Public transport can be a great option when you are going into town or to the mall, but if you are planning on going full Pretty Woman, then you are going to need some private transport to get your goodies home.
Treat yourself to a taxi that can be ready exactly when you are. Just search 24 hour taxi near me to find your local service.
Avoid the Weekend
Shopping at the weekend has become more of an endurance test than a pleasant experience. If you are not a fan of crowds, noise, queues, and waiting to get to a certain rack in a shop, then choosing to have a shopping trip on a weekday could help with those things. It is much quieter when the children go back to school – just be sure to avoid lunchtimes or after school time if you want a more serene experience.
A Deal Finder
Retail therapy is even better when you find a bargain, and with apps that can help you save money no matter where you are and help you find the best price, there is little excuse not to get that set up – especially if you are on a budget. That being said, trawling the internet too hard to find the best price or having to do a three-page registration form to save 2 dollars can really suck the fun out of the experience – so do whatever you think is right.
Keep the Receipts
Sometimes the act of shopping and purchasing something is enough of a dopamine release, and buyer’s remorse can set in quickly. It happens. If you get home and you discover the cute top you like is looking much less cute or that the jeans you spent half of the rent on are not worth the money – definitely take them back.
You don’t need to bring anything else into your life that doesn’t spark joy, and shopping is supposed to be a pleasant experience where you get items that can make you feel good.